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    Sale 1922

    Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts Including Americana

    3 December 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 59

    PURSH, Frederick Traugott (1774-1820). Flora Americae septentrionalis. London: White, Cochrane & Co., 1814

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    PURSH, Frederick Traugott (1774-1820). Flora Americae septentrionalis. London: White, Cochrane & Co., 1814

    2 volumes, 8o (214 x 132 mm). 6-page publisher's advertisement at end of volume 2 (integral). 24 engraved plates (some browning and staining to plates and text, some plates cropped along fore margin). 19th-century red half morocco (some light rubbing). Provenance: Edwin C. Gellett, Germantown, Penn. (inscription on flyleaf).

    FIRST EDITION, THE FIRST BOTANICAL WORK TO INCLUDE PLANTS FROM THE PACIFIC COAST. "This is the most important work which had hitherto been published on the Botany of North America. The author was an industrious and intelligent botanist, and had traversed the greater part of the United States, in order to examine its natural productions in their native situations. In the compilation of this work he had access to the most celebrated herbariums of England, and was aided and especially patronized by A. B. Lambert, Esq., V. P. of the L. S." (Rich). Pursh used specimens collected by Lewis and Clark for many of his descriptions of the Pacific Coast plants. Johnston Cleveland 776; Literature of the Lewis and Clark Expedition 6a; Nissen BBI 1570; Pritzel 7370; Sabin 66728; Stafleu & Cowan TL2 8404. (2)


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